Publication: Rand, McNally & Co Printers, 1880, Chicago
First edition. 8vo. House Document 105, 23rd Congress, 2nd Session. Hardcover binder, titles stamped in gold gilt on the front cover, 28 pp. Discussed are the number of vessels in the whale fishery numbering at least 200, being on an average 275 tons and some as large as 500 tons, the length of their voyages; the health of crew members; provisions and delicacies provided while aboard the vessel; the care in which the vessels are navigated ... "two men are constantly paced at mast-head as sentinels: for many of the islands, rocks, and reefs are not laid down in any chart; the whale-men's advancement in mathematical and nautical studies, etc. Several sea captains of various sea-going vessels including whaling vessels, provide information regarding uncharted islands, reefs, and shoals in the Pacific Ocean. A comprehensive listing of the islands and reefs giving their longitude and latitude and a bit of information pertaining to the uncharted area. Fine copy.
Inventory Number: 35680